It is officially Autumn! A time of the year most Vermonters love – with good reason. In honor of the new season, we are telling you our
five favorite activities to do during the fall in Rutland County.
There is nothing quite like picking an apple off the tree and eating it right away. Apple picking season begins in late August and goes on until the end of October.
Mendon Mountain Orchards in Mendon, Vermont, has 15 varieties of apples on their property. Not all varieties are available for pick your own (PYO), but they are all for sale in their store. Fun fact: Apples are the official fruit of Vermont.
Get Lost in a Corn Maze
Lost…Laughin’…& LOVIN’ IT!!! This is the slogan for the Hathaway Farm Corn Maze, which ranks #2 in the nation, in Rutland Town, Vermont.
Each year the corn maze has a new theme, this year it is “Bloomin’ & Buzzin,’” which focuses on bees, flowers, and pollinators. You have your choice to decide if you want to be completely lost or follow the GPS maps. On Saturday night they are open from 5:00-9:00 PM for their Moonlight Madness, where brave souls complete the corn maze under the light of the moon.
Whether you carve your pumpkin into a jack-o-lantern, turn it into a pie, or use it as is for decoration, picking pumpkins is a favorite fall pastime. Some people like to pick the biggest pumpkin, others go for the smallest in the patch.
A local spot for pumpkin picking is Winslow Farms. If wandering acres of a farm is not your style, many locations have a barn filled with pre-picked pumpkins, mini-gourds, and more!
One of the best ways to see the foliage is by climbing a mountain. As you follow the trail through the woods, don’t forget to look up at the canopy above. Yellow, orange, and red leaves will sway in the breeze overhead. Once you clear the tree line or find an overlook, enjoy the view.
One of our favorite hikes is Deer Leap in Killington, a little over 2 miles, this out and back is a great hike with relaxing views.
Discover a New Way to Use Maple Syrup
The Maple 100 begins mid-September and ends October 15. This campaign is a way for Vermonters and visitors to discover local maple products. The options are endless, from breweries and distilleries, to sugarhouses and farm stands. Taste-test a maple creemee (soft serve ice cream) or maple hot sauce. You can check out the full map here of participating locations.
If you are planning a trip to Vermont and want to try to time it around the peak of foliage, use this “Foliage Forecaster.” It is not 100% accurate, but it is close. And if you are thinking about relocating to Rutland County, Vermont, connect with us through our concierge program.